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CBS Shout Catastrophe, As Extreme Weather Deaths Drop To Record Lows

January 28, 2021

By Paul Homewood

 

Out comes the begging bowl again!

 

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Almost half a million people have died in natural disasters linked to extreme weather events in the last 20 years, according to a new assessment of the direct threat posed to humanity by climate change. The mortality burden of climate-related catastrophes such as storms, flooding and heatwaves is overwhelmingly borne by developing countries.

At the start of the Climate Adaptation Summit, held virtually this year due to the pandemic, the think tank Germanwatch calculated that these disasters have cost the global economy a staggering $2.56 trillion this century.

An analysis of more than 11,000 extreme weather events showed nearly 480,000 fatalities since 2000, with Puerto Rico, Myanmar and Haiti the worst hit areas, it said.

Under the 2015 Paris climate deal, wealthier nations are supposed to provide $100 billion every year to help poorer states mitigate temperature rises and adapt to the changing climate.

But recent research suggests the true amount of funding available to developing countries for climate action is vastly lower.

Germanwatch’s Global Climate Index examined the impact of two decades of extreme weather events, particularly the 2019 storm season, which produced hurricanes and cyclones that devastated parts of the Caribbean, east Africa and south Asia.

"This shows that poor vulnerable countries face particularly great challenges in dealing with the consequences of extreme weather events," said co-author David Eckstein. "They urgently need financial and technical assistance."

"Poorer countries are hit hardest"

Adaptation — reducing the fallout among communities and increasing their capacity to deal with climate-related disasters such as floods and drought — is a pillar of the Paris accord.

The deal earmarks $50 billion annually to adaptation, but as disasters have multiplied in the years since it was struck, the United Nations says the cost will balloon over the coming years.

Out of an estimated $70 billion needed by developing nations each year, only $30 billion is currently available.

In its Adaptation Gap report this month, the UN’s Environment Program said the true annual cost of adapting to climate impacts could be as high as $300 billion by 2030 and $500 billion by mid-century.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-change-extreme-weather-events-deaths/ 

 

 

Fortunately an average of 24000 deaths a year is a tiny fraction of the death toll from extreme weather in the past:

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https://ourworldindata.org/natural-disasters#number-of-deaths-from-natural-disasters

 

But you won’t read that on the far-left CBS News!

10 Comments
  1. January 28, 2021 1:43 pm

    Brilliant post
    Danke

    PS
    How do they get away with this kind of stuff. The sad truth of it is that they do get away with it.

    • Jack Broughton permalink
      January 28, 2021 2:26 pm

      They get away with it by not telling lies while not telling the truth: they can always find a suitable “expert” or “scientist” to forecast impending doom and report his “expert” opinions.

      What still amazes me is that since Booker, there is not a journo who will stick his head above the parapet and declaim the half-truths. Journalism has become regurgitism.

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        January 28, 2021 3:41 pm

        To be correct, there is not an Editor willing to employ a new Booker, IMO.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        January 28, 2021 6:21 pm

        True Harry as the Telegraph did their best to force the late great Booker to quit by shunting him off to the back of the supplement to be replaced by that slime Hannan. And they even withheld his column from the online version. he was also heavily edited and could never mention the good Dr Richard North.

        It just so happens that the great Booker-North tome on the history of the EU ‘The Great Deception’ is due to republish this year in an updated form to bring the story to an end for the UK. Dr North has slimmed down the original chapters to fit in the new ones as he was not allowed to expand the pages. He has improved some of the content simply because everything is online now. Hard to believe that when they first put it together they had to travel to Kew from Bradford and Somerset to look through the archives.

      • Mack permalink
        January 28, 2021 10:21 pm

        To be fair, David Rose, on the Mail on Sunday, regularly gives the alarmists a kicking, but he’s probably the last of his kind in the UK mainstream press and his days are numbered. You only have to look at his Wilkipedea entry (authored by greenies) to see how much he irks the climate cognoscenti.

  2. Cheshire Red permalink
    January 28, 2021 1:51 pm

    When the numbers show a tiny percentage that wouldn’t frighten anybody, show absolute numbers to make it sound like a lot. 480,000 victims. 2 billion tonnes of ice, etc.

    Under no circumstances apply context!

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      January 28, 2021 2:58 pm

      Exactly. 24,000 a year globally is lost in the rounding. I doubt very much if we know total annual global deaths to the nearest 100,000.

  3. Keith Gugan permalink
    January 28, 2021 2:02 pm

    Once again – as always – with your posts, Sanity raises a factual and welcome challenge.

  4. Mack permalink
    January 28, 2021 2:31 pm

    I’ll match CBS’ 500,000 dead over 20 years with the 500,000 dead over 10 DAYS in the 1970 Bhola Cyclone in West Bengal. And I’ll raise the stakes by chucking it all in on the 4 million dead in the Great Chinese Floods of 1931!

    We should be grateful for fossil fuels and the comparative lack of extreme weather in recent decades that has led to casualties being at an all time low. Mind you, I can imagine that trend being reversed in a few years time when an inevitable Cat 5 hurricane tears into the US and a multitude of failed evacuees are stuck in huge traffic jams on the freeways in their power drained Teslas. Unfortunately, green virtue signalling won’t be much comfort then.

  5. Phoenix44 permalink
    January 28, 2021 3:01 pm

    The biggest lie is that these are “extreme weather events”. They are not, they are just part of normal weather. Floods and storms have always happened and would still happen if we make humans extinct. Being at the end of normal is still normal. If something happened that had literally, actually never happened before that would be not normal. Otherwise calling it “extreme” is completely misleading.

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